‘Excellent news for patients’ as hospital death rates fall

View - Main entrance sign to Stoke Mandeville Hospital
View - Main entrance sign to Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The death rate for Bucks hospital patients has reduced from ‘higher than expected’ to ‘as expected’, new statistics reveal.

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust was investigated in the Keogh report and subsequently placed into special measures after it was shown to have higher than average death rates between October 2010 and December 2012.

But the Health & Social Care Information Centre has now published statistics for April 2012 to March 2013, revealing that the mortality rate for trust has reduced, placing the trust in the ‘as expected’ range.

Anne Eden, chief executive of the trust, said: “This is excellent news for all our patients and our staff.

“We are focused on a programme of continuous quality improvement and have steadily seen an improvement in our mortality rate.

“I hope this latest improvement in the mortality rate, taking us into the ‘as expected’ range, reassures all our patients and local residents that we are delivering safe, quality care.

“Following the Keogh review we have a clear action plan in place, which we are making real progress against.

“We remain on an improvement journey and have some real examples of clinical excellence to be proud of – low infection rates, excellent surgical outcomes, a high-performing stroke service. But we are constantly learning and know there is more we can do to continue improving the quality of care and patient experience consistently for each and every patient.”